or… (edited at bottom)

I could have spotting. And need to talk to my doctor’s office about a prescription. And while I’m on the phone mention that I’m a little bloated. And then the spotting could stop.

And they could firmly suggest that I get my beta one day early, along with some other bloodwork to check for OHSS. “Better safe than sorry going into the weekend.”

So I rush to get my bloodwork and urinalysis done. The sheet is clearly marked “STAT”.

So the doctor’s office calls about 4.5 hours later…”Did you do your bloodwork?” Of course I did.

They tracked it down and figure out that the lab missed the “STAT” part of the order. The lab is to run it NOW, and someone will call me.

Another 4 hours pass, and it’s 9:30 at night, and the IVF nurse turns off her pager at 10. So I page. And she calls back with the hCG. She has none of the other lab work – no progesterone, none of the OHSS stuff.

It’s 49. She says that’s fine for a day early. I’m still scared, though.

And then my doctor calls me himself. And he is so excited and so happy. I cry tears of some combination of relief, joy, and fear.

And then more spotting. I’ll find out the rest of the lab stuff some time tomorrow, and I’ll probably repeat on Sunday.

Please stay. We want you more, we love you more with each breath we take. Please, please stay.

ETA: Progesterone came back at 168 – a huge relief for me, as last time my progesterone was low. The OHSS blood work appears to be within normal limits (as I suspected). I’m still bloated, but not in pain. Eating is really my biggest challenge.

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~ by Larisa on May 12, 2007.

21 Responses to “or… (edited at bottom)”

  1. Oh yack! Hope you are coping ok, it must be so emotionally draining all of this.

    Hang in there and I am sending lots of good vibes to you.

  2. Oh yack! Hope you are coping ok, it must be so emotionally draining all of this.

    Hang in there and I am sending lots of good vibes to you.

  3. oh goodness yes, please please please stay! I know this is tortous, mrs. hope, do ask for whatever those around you (including us) can do to help.

  4. tortuous. I meant.

  5. oh gosh, it is so scary, but i know you know many women do spot normally during pregnancy, especially in the beginning. hope the bloodwork gives you good answers ad you find some relief from the stress of it all.

  6. Hoping you get a wonderfully doubling beta on Sunday.
    Hang in there!

  7. I’ve always hated this part more than the 2 ww. One gets tired of holding the breath for so, so long.

    Please, please, please stay.

  8. I hate scary beginnings. Please stay…. please, please.

  9. I so hope that this works out. As you know, spotting in early pregnancy IS normal. Still, I can imagine how freaked out you must be. Good luck with the follow-up beta! I’m hoping for good news tomorrow!

  10. This part is so hard Mrs. Hope. I hope that tomorrow brings you a wonderful doubling beta. Thinking of you.

  11. Oh my goodness. Bedrest this WHOLE weekend for you! Hang in there.

  12. Oh yes, do stay, little one.

    Thinking of you, and wanting this so so bad.
    -D.

  13. Mrs. Hope,

    I am a lurker and fellow TFC patient. I have followed your story via your blog and IVFC for a while. I just want you to know that even though you don’t know me, I am standing with you during these trying times. I have everything crossed for you and am saying a prayer.

    Do stay little one(s)! You have a wonderful Mom just waiting to hold you and nurture you and love you for the rest of her life! Stay! Stay! Stay!

    You are in my thoughts…

  14. Congrats on the beta and hugs on the spotting. This is the worst part really I think and so emotionally draining. Though you have such a high progesterone, that is really great.

  15. I wish with all my heart that you could just have had today without spotting, a nice day without doubts to enjoy a *wonderful* HCG level. I’m mostly celebrating anyway, just to not miss the chance. I don’t know what this translates for you as far as transfer, but I implantation? spotted for almost 48 hours from 10-12 dpo. Maybe your babies are burrowing in extra hard. Or maybe I’m loony, but I have the same wish as everyone else–(Keep) stick(ing), little ones!

  16. YAY on the numbers! they look great. especially the progesterone. STAY stay STAY little ones!

  17. Sounds good so far…in my book!
    I am starting to wonder if I’m the only person that didnt spot, which of course has worried me from the start. It seems like everyone i know in real life and on the internet has spotted in the very beginning…
    Good luck mom to be!

  18. Sounds good so far…in my book!
    I am starting to wonder if I’m the only person that didnt spot, which of course has worried me from the start. It seems like everyone i know in real life and on the internet has spotted in the very beginning…
    Good luck mom to be!

  19. CONGRATULATIONS!! Pregnant at last. Now go put your feet up and let hubby wait on you for a few days.

  20. What a roller coaster. So hoping that you get a great beta number today.

  21. Treat yourself really well today, lady. It is impossible for me to know what you’re feeling right now, but I’m overcome with emotion.

    I hope the blood work can put you at ease.

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